ST9929 : Interior, St George's Church

taken 9 years ago, near to Sutton Mandeville, Wiltshire, Great Britain

Interior, St George's Church
Interior, St George's Church
The banner depicts St George killing the dragon.

St George was a Christian soldier, martyred in AD303 at Lydda (Palestine). His fame spread westwards after the First Crusade, because at the moment of danger during the siege of Antioch in 1098 the Crusaders saw a vision of him leading heavenly warriors to help them against the Muslims. A cult soon developed and Richard the Lionheart ordered his knights to choose St George as their patron.

His feast day (23 April) was made a holiday in 1222, Edward III made him patron of the Order of the Garter in 1340. Henry V invoked him at Agincourt and by the close of the Middle Ages he had replaced the pre-Conquest saints, Edward the Confessor and Edmund of East Anglia as the patron saint of England.

Originally stories of St George simply stressed his courage under appalling tortures and death; there was no mention of his fight with a dragon, which is now the only thing people know about him.

The story of St George and the dragon first appears in The Golden Legend, a collection of stories of saints lives compiled in the late 13th century.

The tale tells of how George travelled to a pagan city where its occupants had to send one girl every day to be eaten by a dragon from a nearby lake, and the lot had fallen on the king's daughter; George wounded the monster, bound it with the princess's girdle, and led it into the city like a pet dog before beheading it, on condition that the king and all his subjects became Christians.

In religious terms, this is an allegory of how a true Christian can defeat the Devil, but it also has a strong appeal simply as an adventure story.
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Thursday, 19 August, 2010   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 19 August, 2010
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 99621 29573 [1m precision]
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